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Adenoma
A benign tumor made up of
glandular tissue.
Benign growth
A growth that is not
cancerous and does not
spread to other organs.
Cancer
A disease in which
malignant cells grow out of
control and can spread to
other body parts.
Chemotherapy
Chemotherapy is the use of
drugs to treat cancer.
Malignant growth
A tumor made up of cancer cells
that can spread to other parts of
the body.
Metastasis
The spread of cancer from its
primary site to other organs.
Oncology
The study and treatment of
cancer. Doctors who specialize in
oncology are called oncologists.
Radiation therapy
Treatment using radiation that
damages or kills cancer cells.
Carcinoma
A type of cancer that starts
in the skin or the lining of
organs.
Adenocarcinoma
A malignant tumor
originating in glandular
tissue.
Biopsy
The removal of tissue to aid
in diagnosis.
Fine-needle aspirate
A procedure in which a needle is
inserted to obtain a tissue sample.
Sarcoma
A malignant tumor of muscles
or connective tissue such as
bone and cartilage.
Tumor
An abnormal overgrowth of
cells. Tumors can be either
benign or malignant.
Remission
A temporary or permanent
decrease in the manifestation
of cancer
Primary tumor
The site where the cancer first
originated.
Palliative care
Care aimed at the relief of pain
and symptoms but not cure of
the disease.
Neoplasm
A new growth of tissue or cells
that is generally malignant.
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